Are you currently struggling with a lie? Either one that is being shouted in your mind or simply whispered? There are a number of ways that lies invade our brains, but once spoken or thought, we have the responsibility to choose how to respond; often in a split second. Ignore it, believe it, fight it or live it. These are the choices and we must choose wisely; our physical, mental and/or spiritual health is at stake. Joyce Meyer correctly labeled this phenomenon “The Battlefield of the Mind”. Her work was so instrumental to people that she created versions for different age groups.
Did you have a lie spoken over you? Comments like “you’re stupid”, “you’re ugly”, or “you’re dumb” assault the foundation of our self-worth, thus disturbing our God-given image. The saying ‘hurt people, hurt people’ is true and sometimes the hurt person is the self; thoughts and words have the power to rob the beauty of life. Are the thoughts in you mind reaffirming these lies? They have the power to erode, steal, and kill. Jesus characterized the devil as “a murderer” and “the father of lies” (John 8:44). Notice those descriptions are mentioned in the same verse. I believe that Jesus wanted us to understand just how closely these characterizations are related; bedfellows, if you will. I recently heard someone say “when we believe a lie we empower the liar”. Yikes! That is a scary thought. Believing what is spoken over us, agreeing with a lie, we give the enemy power. Let that sink in.
Should we fear man more than God? Living our lives to be in alignment with lies does not bring forth beauty, goodness, or truth. We must be careful, guarding our hearts and minds against the principalities who want to destroy us. Now more than ever we need to have clarity of thought and seek discernment. Believing a lie in one aspect of life, opens the door to believing lies in others. “For although we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh, since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:3-5, CSB). There is no such thing as a “little white lie”, this is a made up concept to help the father of lies.
Aligning with God’s truth, we walk in freedom. True beauty is more than the eye can behold, it breathes life on the soul. Turning our hearts and minds to Christ we break agreement with lies, casting them off as dirty clothes, never to be worn again. May God reveal His truth to you my dear reader. “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” (Matt. 6:33).